Holly Holm: Who is 'The Preacher’s Daughter?'

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So who is Holly Holm?

Born October 17th 1981 in Albuquerque New Mexico, Holly Holm certainly did not seem to fit the bill early on in life as one who would someday become a world famous fighter.

With her long blonde hair, infectious smile and girl-next door good looks, “The Preacher’s Daughter” seemed anything but a stereotypical tough girl growing up.

Holm however, did showcase a competitive side in her formative years. Preacher Robert Holm’s daughter would compete in swimming, gymnastics and soccer until graduating from Manzano High School at the turn of the millennium in 2000.

It was shortly after graduation and joining a seemingly innocent aerobics class in her hometown that Holm would fatefully meet the man who would play the biggest role in transforming her into the world class warrior she is today.

Her instructor for that now-legendary class wasn't your typical carb counting, cardio warrior. No, Holm’s aerobics class leader would be none other than world famous MMA and Kickboxing instructor Mike Winklejohn. It was in that class that Winklejohn saw something special in the now 33 year- old Holm. A great trainer and visionary, he sensed a natural fighter’s grit and determination in the young Holm.

So it was in late 2001 that Holm would embark on her now-storied journey as a professional fighter.

After a brief kick-boxing career, Holm would turn to the paid-ranks of boxing in January of 2002. And she proved to be a prodigiously quick study.

After a few short years as a pugilist, Holm began compiling legendary honors in the sport. In 2005, she defeated female fight legends Christie Martin and Mia St-John en route to being named that year's Fighter of the year by the prestigious Ring Magazine.

Holm would go on to win her next 17 bouts and multiple world titles before her biggest showdown as a prize-fighter took place. But in that bout, in late 2011, Holm was shocked and beaten soundly compliments of a 7th round stoppage by French K.O. artist Anne Sophie Mathis. Hoever, in the rematch with Mathis, Holm showed the exact qualities that made Winklejohn take her on as his pupil. Facing the woman who had just annihilated her, Holm would bravely avenge her loss to Sophie Mathis via 10-round UD in 2012’s Women's Fight of the Year.

Holm would compete as a boxer just twice more before focusing her attention on MMA full time in 2013.

In her unbeaten, nine fight run as an MMA fighter, Holm has already legitimately ascended to No. 1 contender status in the UFC. She is 2-0 in the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization and will be facing the top ranked female fighter on earth when she takes on Rhonda Rousey (12-0 12 stoppages) in their November 14th UFC 193 main event bout.

Though certainly a longshot to defeat Rousey in an MMA contest, don’t count out the fighting will of “The Preacher’s Daughter" come November 14.




Inducted into The New Mexico Boxing Hall of Fame (June 2013)

2008 ESPY Nominee Fighter of the Year
World Boxing Federation

WBF Female World Light Welterweight Championship (One time; Current)
WBF Femal World Welterweight Championship (One time; Current)
Women Boxing Archive Network

WBAN World Welterweight Championship (One time; Current)
WBAN World Junior Welterweight Championship (One time)
WBAN World Junior Middleweight Championship (One time; First)
2011 Fight of the Year vs. Anne Sophie Mathis on Dec 2
2010 Fighter of the Year
2009 Most Accomplished of the Year
2008 Highest Achievements of the Year
2007 Fighter of the Year
2007 Most Improved Boxer of the Year
2006 Most Improved Boxer of the Year
2005 Hottest Rising Star of the Year
2005 Upset of the Year vs. Christy Martin on September 16
World Boxing Council

WBC Female World Welterweight Championship (One time)
NABF Female Light Welterweight Championship (One time)
Global Boxing Union

GBU World Welterweight Championship (One time)
Women’s International Boxing Association

WIBA Super World Light Welterweight Championship (One time)
WIBA World Welterweight Championship (One time)
International Female Boxers Association

IFBA World Welterweight Championship (One time)
IFBA World Light Middleweight Championship (One time)
2006 Fighter of the Year
World Boxing Association

WBA Female World Welterweight Championship (One time; Current)
International Boxing Association

IBA Female World Welterweight Championship (Three times; Current)
IBA Female World Light Welterweight championship (Three times; First; Current)
The Ring

2006 Female Fighter of the Year
2005 Female Fighter of the Year

New Mexico Boxing

2010 Fighter of the Year
2009 Fighter of the Year
2008 Fighter of the Year
2007 Fighter of the Year
2006 Fighter of the Year
2005 Fighter of the Year


International Kickboxing Federation

IKF/Ringside 2001 USA National Amateur International Rules Welterweight Championship


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